370 - The Emperor Jones (1933)


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Dudley Murphy’s adaptation of this Eugene O’Neill picaresque play follows the tumultuous rise of Pullman porter Brutus Jones, played by the peerless Paul Robeson. We are taken through musically-punctuated examples of the early twentieth-century African American experience until Jones’ ambition and hubris drive him to become the despot of a Caribbean island. If you’d like to watch ahead for next week’s film, we will be discussing and reviewing Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman (1956).

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